Ian McClerin discusses his film, Rotatio, showing this year at Indie Grits 2016.
Ian and Shannon were both born in the beautiful state of North Carolina, Shannon to Asheville and Ian to Charlotte. Both found their way to UNC School of the Arts where they realized they were kindred spirits. Little did they know that in 2013 they would work on Ian’s first feature together and fall into the depths of love. Repeatedly trying to craft visual experiences since the age of 15, Ian went on to study Film Direction at UNCSA. Shannon studied Visual arts at UNCSA and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Rotatio is her first film.
Utilizing borrowed equipment and the labor of love, Rotatio was made for no money. The performance itself was not intended to be very public – this was the first time Shannon had openly spoken about being raped and wanted the work to exist in a sacred space. It was always intended to be shared as a film, so that it could be shared widely without loosing its sacred intimacy. The title comes from a quote from Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore, “All the work on the soul takes the form of a circle, a rotatio.”